Baltimore Ravens linebackers coach Ted Monachino is set to take over the role of defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts announced the news and provided a statement from head coach Chuck Pagano:
We are pleased to announce the hiring of Ted Monachino as our next defensive coordinator. Ted brings a wealth of experience with 25 years of coaching all on the defensive side of the ball. He has overseen one of the league’s best linebacker units for the last six years and I had the privilege of coaching with him for two of those seasons. Ted is very familiar with our scheme. He is a great motivator and is extremely respected by the players he has coached.
Monachino has spent the last six years working with the Ravens' linebackers. He's worked as a defensive coach at both the NFL and college levels for the past two decades.
He made stops at TCU, James Madison, Southwest Missouri State, Boise State and Arizona State before making the jump to the NFL in 2006. After four seasons as a defensive line coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he joined Baltimore.
Taking the Indianapolis defensive coordinator job represents his most high-profile gig to date, and it will likely be the toughest, too. Still, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle is bullish on Monachino's chances of success:
New Colts defensive coordinator Ted Monachino, the former Ravens linebackers coach, is a sharp guy, I think he'll do well.— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) January 7, 2016
The Colts haven't ranked inside the top 10 in yards allowed since the 2007 campaign. The unit was among the worst in football this past season, giving up 379.1 yards (26th) and 25.5 points (25th) per game.
It ranked 22nd in sacks, which is one area it used to enjoy some success during the primes of Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. It also finished 22nd in turnover margin.
That said, there were a couple bright spots. D'Qwell Jackson was an eraser in the middle of the defense with 150 total tackles. Mike Adams picked off five passes. Mathis continued to provide at least some semblance of a pass rush with seven sacks.
Monachino can bring some new ideas to the table and should help the front seven, but a serious infusion of talent is still needed to get the unit at least into the average range, which is typically good enough when quarterback Andrew Luck is healthy.